Civic Arts Advocacy Summit
Date/Time: November 12 -13, 2020
See Schedule below for individual session times below.
Join C4 Atlanta for this mini advocacy summit focused on helping artists and arts administrators build their skills and understanding of their power as community advocates. Join only individual sessions of interest or attend the entire event! Facilitated online via Zoom. Register to receive summit info and session links.
Summit Session Schedule:
Thursday, November 12, 2020
- 10:30am -12:00pm: Arts Policy Updates + Advocacy Do’s and Don’ts for Nonprofits – Free. Presented by C4 Atlanta and Nelson Mullins. This session will address the legalities and ethical concerns of nonprofits and nonprofit workers engaged in advocacy work. Learn more about policy concerns that face arts workers in the next legislative session.
- 12:15pm – 1:45pm: Tracking Policy from A to Z: How to Track and Follow Proposed Policies and Legislation – Free. Presented by YWCA of Greater Atlanta. How is a legislative policy passed? How can you keep track of what’s happening with specific policy measures? In this session with YWCA of Greater Atlanta, learn about how to follow policy initiatives and tips for strategically advocating to policymakers
Friday, November 13, 2020
- Friday, November 13, 2020 – 10:30am – 12:00pm Grassroots Organizing and Messaging – Free. Presented by New Georgia Project. How can you organize quickly for grassroots action? How do you craft your advocacy messaging strategy to mobilize other advocates? New Georgia Project Executive Director Nse Ufot will focus on strategies and tactics that help activate people toward your cause.
- Friday, November 13, 2020 – 1:30pm -3:00pm What Happens Now: Understanding Possibilities Following the 2020 Election and Advocacy After an Election – Free. Presented by PEN America. The 2020 election presents several possible situations that may arise immediately following the election. PEN America Director of U.S. Free Expression Programs Nora Benevidez examines what happens now, how we got here, and what opportunities exist to advocate after an election occurs.
Nora Benevidez, PEN America:
Nora Benavidez is the director of U.S. Free Expression Programs, where she guides PEN America’s national advocacy agenda on First Amendment and free expression issues.
Benavidez is a lawyer by training and, prior to joining PEN America, she worked in private practice as a civil and human rights litigator in Atlanta, Georgia. She has represented victims of unconstitutional police practices, First Amendment infringements, discrimination in public schools, and voting rights violations. In addition to her work as a litigator, Benavidez partnered with regional grassroots organizations and state and local legislative entities, advising and testifying on community-centered reforms in public safety, government transparency, criminal justice, and free speech.
Benavidez previously worked as a staff attorney at the ACLU of Georgia, where she litigated significant constitutional issues and assisted in statewide advocacy. In all aspects of her work, she sought to defend the human dignity of her clients as well as overcome legal barriers to justice.
Benavidez graduated from Emory University School of Law and received the Dean’s Public Service Award as well as the Pro Bono Service Medal. She received her BA from New York University’s Gallatin School, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Jessyca Holland, C4 Atlanta
Jessyca has worked as an arts administrator for over fifteen years in Atlanta. Before joining the world of nonprofit arts administration, Jessyca was an independent actor performing in Greater Atlanta. Jessyca is the co-founder of C4 Atlanta (2010). Jessyca participated in the Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative 2007 Leadership Program, the 2011 Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta, a 2011 Judith O’Conner Scholar, BoardSource, named Alumni of the Year by the University of West Georgia Theatre Company in 2013 and received an Achievement Award from her Alma mater, April 2014. Currently, Jessyca is a collaborator for a national initiative, Artists Thrive. She has been on arts panels and led workshops for Georgia Forward, Gather Atlanta, and the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations, and many more. Jessyca earned her B.A. in Theatre in 2000 from the University of West Georgia, and Masters of Library Media in 2009 from Georgia State University. She is currently working towards a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Urban Planning and Economic Development. Jessyca is the mother of two beautiful daughters and is married to the most amazing human in the world.
Alana Intrieri, YWCA of Greater Atlanta
Alana Intrieri is an attorney and experienced public policy professional who currently serves as Director of Advocacy and Social Justice at the YWCA of Greater Atlanta. In that role, Alana is fortunate to lead the Georgia Women’s Policy Institute, which trains Georgia women in legislative and policy advocacy.
After earning her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, Alana worked for more than five years for the mayor and council chairman in Washington, DC before relocating to Atlanta last fall. While serving as Special Counsel to the Chairman of the Washington, DC legislature, Alana was the lead staff member on a wide range of legislative issues, including various legislation that reformed the family homeless services system in Washington, DC.
Alana went on to serve as Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for Mayor Muriel Bowser where she managed all policy matters, developed the Mayor’s annual legislative agenda, and led legislative engagement on behalf of the executive branch. Her work included advocacy related to the City’s $15.5 billion annual budget, education, housing and economic development, and workforce, among other issues. Also, in her role as Director, Alana worked to train her staff and agency directors to advocate effectively on issues impacting their departments.
Alana is passionate about public policy and the impact it can have to improve the lives of everyday people. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Jason.
Stanley Jones, Nelson Mullins
Stan Jones practices in the areas of healthcare law, governmental relations and public policy, and administrative law. He currently practices in the areas of Health Insurance, Healthcare Government Investigations & Litigation, Insurance Regulatory & Compliance, Life, Health, Disability & ERISA, Non-Profit Organizations, and State & Local Government Relations.
Stan is a member of the American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Oxford University, and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia, cum laude, in 1971.
Sam Marticke, Nelson Mullins
Sam Marticke is a government relations assistant who joined the Georgia team in 2019. Mr. Marticke is responsible for assisting clients and the team with logistics for day-today activities at the State Capitol, monitoring legislative committee and floor action, and crafting reports for clients and the Gold Dome Report. Mr. Marticke is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Policy and International Affairs and has previously served as an aide to a Georgia State Senator and in political campaigns. He was recently selected as a “rising star” by James, a publication about Georgia politics and lobbying.
Ashley Oliver, YWCA of Greater Atlanta
Having experienced homelessness and being on her own at a young age, Ashlie knows the importance of community and helping lift the spirits of those around her. She is passionate about breaking the cycle of Generational Poverty, advocating for laws that better the lives of citizens, and teaching children that anything is possible. Ashlie is a member of the Junior League of Atlanta and sits on the Board of Midtown Assistance Center along with serving on the Young Professional Council for Midtown Assistance Center. Ashlie participated in the Georgia Women’s Policy Institute in which she and her team members successfully advocated for the passage of a bill to help victims of domestic violence. She continued to participate as a volunteer in the program by mentoring new fellows on how to become an everyday advocate, and recently officially joined the organization as a program manager. Before transitioning her volunteer work into her profession Ashlie ran a luxury retail store, where for thirteen years she helped clients celebrate special moments. Currently, Ashlie is a full-time student at Georgia State University pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Public Policy. When not working, Ashlie is at home cuddling her three fur babies!
George Ray, Nelson Mullins
George Ray focuses his practice on Georgia government relations, state and local administrative law and regulatory proceedings, and business litigation. Representing education, healthcare, non-profit, and other business entities before the Georgia General Assembly and State agencies, Mr. Ray works with clients to develop and implement strategies at each stage of the legislative and regulatory policy processes. He also helps clients resolve Georgia business, regulatory, and procurement disputes.
Helen Stoat, Nelson Mullins
Helen Sloat is a legislative consultant and Georgia Registered Lobbyist. She is an advocate for various clients including healthcare providers, insurers, and child welfare providers. Ms. Sloat tracks federal and state legislation, conducts research, drafts bills and amendments, and lobbies for legislative initiatives’ introduction and passage. She has experience with Georgia’s budgetary process.
Nsé Ufot, New Georgia Project
Nsé Ufot is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Georgia Project (NGP) and its affiliate, New Georgia Project Action Fund (NGP AF). Nsé leads both organizations with a data-informed approach and a commitment to developing tools that leverage technology with the goal of making it easier for every voter to engage in every election. Nsé and her team are also developing Georgia’s home-grown talent by training and organizing local activists across the state. She has dedicated her life and career to working on civil, human and workers’ rights issues and leads two organizations whose complementary aim is to strengthen Georgia’s democracy. Under Nsé’s leadership, NGP has registered nearly 425,000 Georgians to vote.